Obama-endorsed alderman holds seat in special election

By Derek Robertson Alderman Sophia King of the 4th Ward won a special election for the office last Tuesday, her first appearance on the ballot since her appointment by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in April of last year. King received 63 percent of the vote, well above the threshold of 50 percent required to avoid a […]

Comic book store: more than superheroes

By Jiefei Liu “Superhero comics are selling best because that’s what people are familiar with,” said Raphael Espinoza, manager at Chicago Comics Inc., but it is other comics that make this store stand out. The store, located on North Clark Street, in Lakeview, sells approximately 55 percent superhero-related comics, 25 percent non-fiction and 20 percent […]

Taking the Plunge to Support Special Olympics

By Katie Watkins Thousands of Chicagoans jumped into Lake Michigan on Sunday morning for the 17th annual Polar Plunge, bearing the almost-freezing water to raise money for Special Olympics Chicago. The Polar Plunge kicked off at North Avenue beach about 10 a.m. with a small ceremony. Bagpipers from the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band marched […]

IHOP Gives Back to Local Children Hospitals

IHOP Gives Back to Local Children Hospitals

By Stephanie Rothman IHOP restaurants are giving out some of their signature pancakes for free on national pancake day, but while people are chowing down they’re also being asked to make a donation for children in need. Photo at top: Nova Dean Wells, 4 year-old, cooks pancakes with her mother and Miss Illinois 2016. (Stephanie […]

In Japan, Chinese take jobs to serve Chinese visitors

By Beixi (Bessie) Xu ​ When you walk on Tokyo’s street, it is not surprising to see store signs in Chinese, hear a Chinese accent or see Chinese names on the name tags of waiters or store clerks. In nearly every store one sees Chinese clerks who speak Mandarin to help Chinese shoppers pick out […]

Why Wall Street is losing patience with energy giant Exxon


By Urvashi Verma Exxon Mobil Corp.’s new CEO Darren Woods announced that the company will spend more on refining operations and acquired projects such as those in the Permian Basin. But the moves aren’t enough to change analysts’ pessimistic forecasts for the company, as higher oil prices hurt the bottom line. Exxon will increase its […]

Korn/Ferry swings to profit

Willis Tower Chicago

By Karen Lentz Los Angeles-based executive search firm Korn/Ferry International reported $23.9 million, or 42 cents per diluted share, in third-quarter earnings Monday, rebounding from a loss of $16 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, in the same quarter last year. Korn/Ferry reported adjusted earnings per share of 53 cents, based on an exclusion […]

Chicago’s shopping cart race celebrates 12th year

By Yifang(Evonne) Liu Hundreds of people gathered on March 4 for the annual CHIditarod. The Chicago Urban Shopping Cart Race, known as the CHIditarod, is a charitable event held in the Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village neighborhoods.

For some local athletes, road to D1 goes right through junior college

Loyola guard Tyson Smith, middle, waits for a free throw in a game against Bradley on Jan. 25.

By Elan Kane Loyola guard Tyson Smith had been playing basketball for years, but nothing prepared him for that practice. It was his first at the College of Southern Idaho, one of the top junior college teams in the country, and it was, according to Smith, one of the hardest practices of his life. But […]

Collins and Walker, an everlasting friendship

Collins and Walker, an everlasting friendship

By Rosie Langello One of the top in-state prospects, Marquise Walker, a sophomore at St. Joseph High School is already receiving Division I offers. He has looked up to several role models in his life but one of those role models has stuck with him ever since he started dribbling a basketball. Former NBA player […]